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ERIC Number: ED444793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 18
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The Genius of Place.
Williams, Ben
Public education was introduced in the United States at the beginning of the 19th century to replace the informal community-based education system that had broken down as a result of immigration and war. At the beginning of the 20th century, as America changed from a largely rural agricultural society to the modern industrial economy, education was criticized as not being synchronized with urban life, and rural areas and their schools were viewed as backward. John Dewey and other progressive educators linked education and community in a dynamic whole that would both temper and adapt to change. But the meaning of community was gradually separating from geographic location and becoming more abstract. Today, education is increasingly disengaged from the life of the local place it serves. Qualities such as grounding and depth in education cannot be measured, yet research seems to indicate that when community involvement and support for education are high, students do better academically. The Annenberg Rural Challenge believes that education and community can share common benefits by implementing a pedagogy of place. Pedagogy of place uses what is local as a source of curriculum that deepens knowledge through the understanding of the familiar and accessible. Practical, aesthetic, and symbolic aspects of education can all be incorporated into a pedagogy of place. Politicians and educators have focused much attention on global issues such as global markets and hemispheric pacts, but they have paid little attention to the village. Acting responsibly on a local level through place-based education will do much to alleviate global concerns. (TD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
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Language: English
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